15 ways to remake the Trop
If you're really, really into resumes and looking at glossy PDF versions of urban planning visions, perusing the thousands of pages of proposals for remaking Tropicana Field's 85 acres might be your idea of fun.
You can access the plans here.
To summarize: A lot of "here's why you should pick us" and not a lot of detail comprise the proposals of 15 responses to St. Petersburg's request for qualified firms to undertake a master plan for developing the Trop with our without a baseball stadium.
The city wants a plan with a stadium done quickly, by the end of September. And city planners have a checklist of things they'd like to see take the place of the vast expanse of concrete currently sprinkled with cars during Tampa Bay Rays games.
Last week, the firms submitted their proposals to the city. The schedule calls for a City Council approval of the winning firm by June.
A selection committee will get to work whittling down the proposals shortly.
The proposals almost universally call for a pedestrian-friendly, tranist-oriented development that creates a sense of place. The city's "living room," as CallisonRTKL, a Los Angeles firm, puts it. Think the neighborhoods around Fenway or Wrigley. Or the newer stadiums like Petco in San Diego, Coors Field in Denver or the massive stadium project underway in Cobb County for the Atlanta Braves.
There are some individual flourishes. An incomplete list includes New York-based MEIS Architects' cover showing a Tropicana lemonade container next to the dome with the slogan: "Lemons to Lemondade."
Most of the plans run hundreds of pages. But 5 Star Entertainment Inc's head Ray Clark of Bradenton kept it brief---just eight pages. Chunks of those pages are in ALL CAPS and contain such salesmanship as "I am the NJ ass**** you have all heard about and feared." In all caps, by the way.
What better way to while away the days before the Rays home opener on Sunday than daydreaming about what might become of their current home?